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RECLAIMING NUTRITION
December 20th, 2014

Farming Matters |30.4 |December 2014 Nutrition has become one of the buzz words of the year, like resilience, and landscapes. What they have in common is that they refer to complex situations, where economic and political forces override the needs and aspirations of rural and urban communities. However, the nutrition challenge remains clear, with a billion … Read moreRECLAIMING NUTRITION

FARMERS IN THEIR LANDSCAPES
September 20th, 2014

Farming Matters | 30.3 |September 2014 Farmers are integral parts of the landscape. They live in and live off the land, striving to maintain the agroecosystems that in turn sustain them. They are our landscape guardians, and this issue of Farming Matters explores how family farming, pastoralists and forest communities are responding to increasing pressures on … Read moreFARMERS IN THEIR LANDSCAPES

THE MANY FACES OF RESILIENCE
June 20th, 2014

Farming Mattters | 30.2 |June 2014 Farming Matters issue 30.2 shows how farmers have experimented, adapted, and improved their resilience to one or more of these shocks. Examples include the development of informal markets for farm produce, making better use of traditional knowledge, and diversifying farming systems with bees and trees. Governments can also assist … Read moreTHE MANY FACES OF RESILIENCE

CULTIVATING DIVERSITY
March 30th, 2014

Farming Matters | 30.1 |March 2014 Although mainstream agricultural policies threaten such agricultural biodiversity, in recent years many promising initiatives have been launched around the world that aim to preserve and manage agricultural biodiversity. This issue of Farming Matters looks at these emerging initiatives and at the insights gained from the efforts to up-scale these experiences. … Read moreCULTIVATING DIVERSITY

FAMILY FARMING: A WAY OF LIFE
December 20th, 2013

Farming Matters | 29.4 | December 2013 The year of 2014 has been proclaimed by the UN as the International Year of Family Farming. As several articles in this issue of Farming Matters point put, it makes a great deal of sense to strengthen family farming. In contrast of to what many believe, family farming is not … Read moreFAMILY FARMING: A WAY OF LIFE

EDUCATION FOR CHANGE
September 25th, 2013

Farming Matters | 29.3 |September 2013 As citizens of global society, we need to make choices today; on the future of our food, our landscapes, our culture and the education of our children. The articles in this issue of Farming Matters show that in different parts of the world, and in a wide range of educational … Read moreEDUCATION FOR CHANGE

NEW MARKETS, NEW VALUES
June 22nd, 2013

Farming Mattters | 29.2 | June 2013 This issue of Farming Matters presents a small sample of the many experiences in (re)creating and (re)vitalising local markets. These experiences generate substantial employment, and also build local food security and food sovereignty.  Yet, they are often overlooked by policymakers and mainstream development experts who view them as … Read moreNEW MARKETS, NEW VALUES

SRI MUCH MORE THAN RICE
March 25th, 2013

Farming Matters | 29.1 |March 2013 The story of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is an interesting one. It illustrates that relatively simple innovations can make a world of difference. It also shows that the transition to sustainable agriculture is a comprehensive social learning process involving many stakeholders– primarily farmers. This issue of Farming Matters  publish … Read moreSRI MUCH MORE THAN RICE

FROM DESERTIFICATION TO VIBRANT COMMUNITIES
December 23rd, 2012

Farming Mattters | 28.4 | December 2012 Sustainable agriculture in dry and degraded areas is about the resilience of farmers and ecosystems. With examples from different parts of the world, issue 28.4 of Farming Matters shows the importance of local knowledge and appropriate policies. Desertification and land degradation are not just natural phenomena. They are … Read moreFROM DESERTIFICATION TO VIBRANT COMMUNITIES

FARMERS ORGANISATIONS UP TO THE JOB
September 23rd, 2012

Farming Mattters | 28.3 | September 2012 This issue of Farming Matters pays special attention to farmers’ organisations. In what different ways do farmers organise? What problems exist in farmers’ organisations and how are these dealt with? Farmers’ organisations can play important roles in developing supply management schemes and various income insurance programmes. Farmers can … Read moreFARMERS ORGANISATIONS UP TO THE JOB